Making Pterosaurs Fly

9. Matt Wilkinson 2007

In 2007, Dr Matt Wilkinson and Rodger Highfield developed a flying model of the pterosaur Anhanguera in conjunction with the model designer Vivian Bock to test his theories on the function of the pteroid bone in flight.


Vivian Bock and Matt Wilkinson

The model was successfully flown in the Summer of that year and was able to demonstrate the possibility of the pteroid function in providing increased lift at low air speeds.

Wilkinson M. T., Unwin D. M. and Ellington C. P., 2005, High lift function of the pteroid bone and forewing of pterosaurs: Proceeding of the Royal Society, ser. B, published online, 8pp.

Wilkinson M. T., Unwin D. M. and Ellington C. P., 2006, High lift function of the pteroid bone and forewing of pterosaurs: Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B, vol.273, p.119-126.

Wilkinson M. T., 2007, Sailing the skies: the improbable aeronautical success of the pterosaurs, The Journal of Experimental Biology 210, 1663-1671

Matthew T. Wilkinson, zoologist and research fellow at the Department of Zoology, Cambridge University

Roger Highfield, junior research fellow at Clare College, Cambridge

Vivian Rene Bock, German model designer who has developed a range of flying pterosaur model kits.

www.randrmodelaircraft.com - Pterotec, USA
ovirc.free.fr/Pterosaures.php - Ovirk, France

1. The Background

2. Ernst Stromer 1913

3. Hankin and Watson 1914

4. Erich von Holst 1957

5. Bramwell and Whitfield 1974

6. Stephen Winkworth 1984

7. Paul MacCready 1985

8. Margot Gerritsen 2005

9. Matt Wilkinson 2007

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